- The May 2023 Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) rose above growth neutral to its highest reading since May 2022.
- On average, bankers estimated that farmland prices in their area rose 4.3% over the past 12 months.
- On average, bankers expect farmland prices in their area to remain stagnant (0%) for the next 12 months.
- For the second straight month, checking deposits decreased to a record low.
- Approximately 84.6% of bank CEOs expect banks to continue to report insolvency challenges.
- Between the 2008-09 banking crisis and December 2022, the region lost 41.5% of its banks through mergers and insolvencies.
Overall: The region’s overall reading in May climbed to 55.8 from April’s 50.1. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with a reading of 50.0 representing growth neutral.
“The Rural Mainstreet economy continues to experience slow economic growth. Only 11.5% of bankers reported improving economic conditions for the month, with 88.5% indicating no change in economic conditions from April’s slow growth,” said Dr. Ernie Goss, PhD, Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.
Farming and Ranching Land Prices: The region’s farmland price index dropped to 56.3 from April’s 64.6. This was the 32nd straight month that the index has advanced above 50.0.
Bankers reported that non-pasture farmland prices in their area grew by an average of 4.3% over the past 12 months. The bankers responded negatively about the future by reporting an average expected price growth of 0.0% over the next 12 months.